Friday, September 18, 2015

The Italian Fest at the Library

The Italian Fest, Collinsville Main Street's annual extravaganza and celebration of Italian culture, is this weekend. The library is finding plenty of ways to participate and tie the festivities in to our ongoing centennial celebration. Make sure to stop by the library and check out these features while you're up on Main Street for the party.

To kick off the festivities, the library hosted the ninth annual "Italian Film at the Library" on Thursday night. Human Capital is an award-winning film by Italian director Paolo Virzi. The event had a great turnout and was sponsored by the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis. Free gelato was provided by Spirito's, the Italian Store on Main Street.

The library is home to the Italian Fest Exhibition "Exploring Venice and the Veneto" through the entirety of September. This celebration of Italian culture is composed of displays of authentic carnevale masks from Italy and more reflections on the country's art and history.

We also have displays dedicated to our in-house collection of Italian materials, including cookbooks, language kits, children's educational material, and tomes on folklore and tradition.

The fourth annual "Mini Golf in the Library" will be running all day Friday and Saturday. Each of the nine holes is dedicated to an event in the last 100 years to celebrate the library's centennial. Admission is only $3 and proceeds benefit library programming but the first 100 guests play for free. This is a fun and creative way to explore the library and is a blast for kids and the whole family. The staff works hard on this event all year so please support our efforts and come see what all the fuss is about.

Finally, the library will be marching in the Italian Fest parade Saturday at 4pm. Nearly the entire staff will be walking and handing out balloons. We hope to see you there!

Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk